Congressman Barletta Embraces Extremist Fringe On Guns

In the Weeks After Parkland, Barletta Doubles Down on Radical Policies

Over the last two weeks, Congressman Lou Barletta has showed Pennsylvania’s students, teachers, and families exactly where he stands on gun violence: with the gun lobby and the far-right extreme of his party. Congressman Barletta’s radical agenda puts him to the right of President Trump and other leading Republicans who’ve expressed a willingness to address gun violence.

February 14: A gunman murders 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

February 16: Pennsylvanians for Self Protection, an organization that prior to 2018 had only endorsed Donald Trump, announces their endorsement of Congressman Barletta’s Senate campaign.

February 21: Congressman Barletta refuses to disavow one of the earliest endorsers of his Senate campaign who alleged the Parkland students were actors.

February 23: Congressman Barletta holds a Senate campaign event at a gun show.

February 28: Congressman Barletta announces his opposition to Senator Toomey’s bipartisan bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

March 1: Congressman Barletta says we should “absolutely” arm teachers.

March 2: Congressman Barletta announces his opposition to expanded background checks and restrictions on high-capacity magazines while refusing to say if he supports raising the age to buy assault weapons to 21.

“In the wake of the horrific violence in Parkland, Congressman Barletta has doubled down on a radical agenda that would put more guns in schools and allow suspected terrorists to acquire firearms,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Max Steele. “Congressman Barletta has even rejected common-sense bipartisan efforts backed by the overwhelming majority of Americans to require universal background checks and raise the age to purchase assault weapons to 21. Congressman Barletta is so desperate for the gun lobby to shore up his failing campaign that he’s willing to put Pennsylvanians in danger. He will be held accountable in November should his campaign make it that far.”